Libya's Interior Minister: MoU with Turkey to boost defense capabilities

Libya's Interior Minister: MoU with Turkey to boost defense capabilities

December 07, 2019 - 20:20
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said the MoU with Turkey will strengthen the Government of National Accord and boost its defenses against the ongoing offensive against Tripoli, saying his government will work toward developing the MoU to allow it to defend itself.

Bashagha said in an interview on Libya Al-Ahrar TV Channel that the security MoU with Turkey includes developing security capabilities, training, information exchange and fighting illegal immigration.

He also said that Qatar is supporting the Presidential Council's government in Libya and is ready to back up the establishment of the Libyan Army, saying his last visit to Doha was a remarkable success.

"Our forces are going to win the battle of Tripoli. The countries supporting our government take into account the international law and conventions, while the UAE doesn't care." Bashagha remarked.

He said international sources confirmed to his government that UAE aircraft had carried out airstrikes on Misrata Air College and Mitiga Airport.

"Our visit to the US aimed to discuss the presence of Russian mercenaries in Libya and cooperation with Washington in fighting terrorism and in security dialogue." Bashagha said, adding that Wagner Group mercenaries are present in Libya and the Russian government knows it despite denying that it backs up Khalifa Haftar's forces.

He said the US will broker a security dialogue for all state security and military institutions in Libya, saying his government has already signed a preliminary agreement in that regard and that the US is willing to sanction any person rendered by the Presidential Council's government as involved in organized crime.

He also said that the government is working on a mechanism to allow fighters to join state security and military institutions after calm descends on the capital.